After nine-plus years and thousands of rough miles, my Marzocchi front fork is still alive, to the dismay and bafflement of the bike-shop mechanic.
The mechanic from a certain bike shop: “Man, this thing is an antique.”
Me: “Can you add some air, maybe top it off to 80 psi.”
“You sure they work?”
“Yeah, yeah, just need some air.”
He pushed down on the bike and said, “I don’t think these things work.”
I finally convinced him to put some air in the shocks, and it turns out they work great–although I’d be afraid to put in any more than 80 psi.
The mechanic: “They do work.”
“I’m telling you they’re awesome shocks.”
“Yeah probably any other shock wouldn’t have made it ten years.”
It was a 2001 Bomber front fork shock that shocked the mechanic.
This is an endorsement from a biker who values stuff that works well, takes a beating, and lasts. I thought I broke these shocks at least twice because of the loud clang from a steep jump, but it was just gravity pulling my bike back down to earth. My next shocks on my next bike will be Marzocchi for sure. I just hope they’re as reliable. In September of this year, Tenneco, an American company which makes automobile suspension and exhaust parts, bought the Italian-founded and run Marzocchi.